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Brewery and Winery

Mindset change needed for SA wine industry to become more competitive

By: Anine Kilian     15th November 2013 A lack of supply chain awareness is hampering the competitiveness of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch University, Department of Logistics senior lecturer Joubert van Eeden tells Engineering News. At the recent SAPICS conference for supply chain professionals Van Eeden noted that,... 

Bulk wine shipments impacting on local wine industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 The South African wine industry’s future competitiveness will depend on the country’s ability to access new markets through government support, increase its productivity, maintain the local identity of its wines and maintain sound wine quality, says wine producer consultation organisation VinPro... 

Brewer expands its African beer production

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 The world's second-largest brewer SABMiller has invested $16-million over the last 18 months in the expansion of its 50-year-old African beer brand, Chibuku, into six other countries on the African continent. This investment has enabled the brand to be sold in more than double the number of... 

Setas, industry body to drive skills development

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 The Wine Industry Network for Expertise and Technology (Winetech), an organisation that coordinates research, training and technology transfer in the wine industry, hopes to form a steadfast partnership with sector education and training authorities (Setas), the Foodbev and AgriSeta to develop... 

Online SA trilingual wine dictionary available

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 Winetech, the organisation that coordinates research, training and technology transfer in the wine industry, and nonprofit organisation South African Wine Industry Information & Systems (Sawis) have collaborated to create a trilingual wine dictionary for the South African industry. 

Craft beer ecommerce website offers more

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 Since the launch of the South African craft beer e-commerce website and blog The League of Beers, in August, the business has expanded to include a beer-of-the-month club debit facility and a wider selection of craft beer. 

SA wine export decline puts industry under pressure

By: Sinette Goosen     11th November 2011 The decline in South African wine exports might cause the industry to contract, which will, in turn, result in jobs losses and less income to reinvest in wineries, vineyards and marketing, says nonprofit industry organisation Wines of South Africa communications manager Andre Morgenthal. 

King III drives ‘greener’ breweries

By: Sinette Goosen     11th November 2011 Water and wastewater management company Talbot & Talbot reports that integrated reporting, as described in the King Code and Report on Governance in South Africa, or King III, is becoming the driving force behind a trend towards the more judicious use of natural resources, such as water and... 

Winery earns BWI status for conservation efforts

11th November 2011 Local wine producer Nederburg Wines has become a member of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI), a partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector. 

Spray technology specialist targets brewery and winery industry

By: Sinette Goosen     11th November 2011 Gauteng-based spray technology specialist Monitor Engineering reports that its newest range of fluid-driven spraying products will enable it to target the winery and brewery industry. 

Wine tank manufacturer reports healthy order book

By: Sinette Goosen     11th November 2011 Local wine tank manufacturer Velo South Africa reports that the number of orders for stainless steel tanks increased during the past financial year. 

Portable pressure chambers successful in measuring vine water status

11th November 2011 Dry and windy conditions prior to the 2011 wine grape harvest are proving the merits of wine and spirits producer Distell’s recent investment in technology to more accurately measure vine water status, reports Distell senior specialist viticulturist Drikus Heyns.  

SA wines have a place in Pan-Asian market 

11th November 2011 South African wine producers should thoroughly research their individual potential markets in Asia and should avoid thinking of the region, which is home to 57 countries, as a homogenous entity, Master of Wine, and international wine judge and consultant to producers trading in Asian markets,... 

Larger wine grape harvest despite climate challenges

By: Sinette Goosen     11th November 2011 South Africa’s wine grape crop for this year increased slightly, albeit at lower levels than expected, owing to significant fluctuations in weather conditions, among other factors. 

Wine purification technology lowers chemicals requirement

11th November 2011 Following government’s approval of the use of ultraviolet light energy for liquid purification in oenological practices, acceptance of turbid liquid photopurification company SurePure’s technology has gained momentum among local winemakers. 

HFC blend has low global warming potential

12th November 2010 Gas company Afrox has introduced the Forane 427A, a new 100% hydrofluorocarbon blend offering a direct drop-in replacement solution for existing R-22 refrigerant installations across a broad spectrum of applications. This comes as the South African industry faces evertightening restrictions on... 

Winery increases capacity to meet demand

By: Tracy Hancock     12th November 2010 Nederburg winery is optimising its capacity to cope with increasing volumes of wine production, as it is experiencing a constant growth in demand, reports Nederburg red winemaker Wilhelm Pienaar.

The winery has undertaken upgrades to improve the management of time, speed, lower operational... 

Lightweighting of glass bottles grows worldwide 

By: Tracy Hancock     12th November 2010 Light weighting of glass bottles has become an important initiative in the winery industry worldwide in an attempt to reduce carbon footprints, and the costs of bottles and transport, explains environmental and sustainability consultants WSP Environment & Energy director Sean Doel. 

SA’s wine industry struggles to recover – Wosa

By: Tracy Hancock     12th November 2010 The wine industry is under pressure, mainly owing to the strong rand and the ongoing effects of the recession, says industry organisation Wines of South Africa (Wosa) communications director André Morgenthal. “The South African wine industry, which is struggling to recover as it experiences the... 

R1,5m for brewery’s logistics improvements 

By: Tracy Hancock     12th November 2010 Brewer SABMiller’s Alrode brewery, in Alberton, east of Johannesburg, is spending about R1,5-million to improve its logistics, by constructing an additional bay, moving administrative functions from its main gate into the warehouse and installing a bay occupation system, which monitors throughput... 

Efficient solution for brewery by-products

12th November 2010 Breweries throughout the world are increasingly concerned about the by-products generated by their brewing activities, and about the environmental, profitability and legal issues surrounding these by-products, reports multinational engineering group Alfa Laval.  

Controversy over alcohol advertising continues

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 The Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) consultant Adrian Botha reports that, while a number of government entities have proposed the partial or complete ban on alcohol advertising, the ARA believes that there is no causal link between advertising and alcohol use and abuse. 

New centre aims to tackle drunk driving

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Transport (DoT) Road Traffic Inspectorate and major beer brewer South African Breweries (SAB) have opened an alcohol evidence centre (AEC), in Pietermaritzburg, as part of a countrywide initiative by SAB to tackle drunk driving in South Africa. 

Winery takes top awards

13th November 2009 Stellenbosch winery Haskell Vineyards’ Haskell Pillars Syrah 2007 became the first South African wine to win the best red wine category at the 2009 Tri-Nations Challenge and also the first to be crowned the champion wine since the inception of the competition 13 years ago. 

tavern owners might lose trading licences

13th November 2009 The Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison reports that Mpumalanga liquor traders will lose their liquor trading licences if they fail to comply with the regulations. 

Viticultural initiative under way in Tanzania

13th November 2009 South African wine, spirits and flavoured alcoholic beverages producer and marketer Distell is spearheading a viticultural initiative, in Tanzania, that should see wine farmers in the highlands of Dodoma double their crops within three to five years. 

Inert gas technology prevents oxidation

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Gas company Air Liquide reports that new inert gas technology which prevents the oxidation of wine, and thereby maintains the quality and character, has been introduced to the wine industry. 

Considerable growth for cider brand

13th November 2009 Cider brand Savanna reports that global sales volumes reflected double-digit growth year-on-year, for the 12 months to September 2009, domestically and internationally. 

Identifying the water footprints of the beer value chain

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Major beer brewer SABMiller and global conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are working together on water footprinting to better understand the quantity, efficiency and geographical context of water used to produce beer, in order to better manage the resource. 

Popularity of microbreweries set to increase

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Global trends indicate that microbreweries may become more popular in future, reports South Africa’s largest microbrewery Mitchell’s Brewery. 

Responding to 
climate change

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Winery Nederburg’s viticultural team is currently involved in a range of vineyard management strategies in response to climate change. 

Threefold increase in exports affirms healthy wine industry

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Industry research body the SA Wine Industry Information and Systems (SAWIS) reports that the country’s wine exports have increased threefold in the last ten years. For the 12 months to August 2009, offshore sales volumes reached a total of 405,1-million litres, representing a 12% year-on-year... 

South African wines bear export fruit

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th November 2008 South African wine exports are up 36% over 2007 export figures as of September this year, reports wine export facilitator Wines of South Africa (Wosa). 

Oxygen management system improves wine industry

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th November 2008 An oxyen management system, tailor-made for the wine industry by engineering company Air Liquide, is proving to be popular five years after its introduction. 

SA wine industry receives international acclaim

By: Jonathan Faurie     14th November 2008 The concerted conservation efforts of the South African wine industry, which, in just four years, has set aside for a total of 104 000 ha for long-term conservation is being praised internationally, reports wine export association Wines of South Africa (Wosa). 

First winery effluent treatment plant for SA

14th November 2008 Western Cape engineering company Effluent Management has just completed South Africa’s first winery effluent wastewater treatment plant reports the company. 

Brewery completes social upliftment programme

14th November 2008 South Africa’s largest brewery company, South African Breweries (SAB) , part of the SAB Miller group, has completed a social upliftment project which aims to reduce the carbon emissions generated by its central offices. 

New compressors find use in beverage industry

14th November 2008 Engineering company Atlas Copco has announced that its ZD high-pressure compressors are the first in the world to offer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging production the security of 100% certified oil-free air with a Class 0 certification. 

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